Deep Cabaret presents 'Cheerio' - Top Ten Tips for a Good Death is a brand new work created for Lancaster Jazz Festival 2012 by Steve Lewis. In the run up to the festival Steve is going to be blogging from the rehearsals and throughout the creation process. 'Cheerio' will be premiered at Lancaster Baptist Church on Wednesday 19th September at 8pm. More details here.
Finally. Everyone in the same room. After 2 duo rehearsals and 2 quintets the septet gathers at the venue for the one run-through we have time for. I'm there first. Shaun Blezard arrives soon after. We have most to set-up. Then Chris Bridges and Beth Allen, who drove up together, two music therapists who live 15mins from each other but had never met till last week's rehearsal in Ramsbottom. The pleasure of contacts being made through the project. Carolyn Francis loaded up with fiddles and pipes. Paul with hurdies. Dave Tompkins and John Jasnoch with the longest journeys, Manchester and Sheffield respectively arrive at the same time. And finally everyone's in the same room at the same time.
I've made a score that makes sense only to me. I take everyone through it. We quickly try the songs. The parts come together a little hesitantly. In a pause between them we hear the door being battered down. It's Richard Davis come to try out his film. I see from my phone that Darren Leadsom, our engineer, was less successful in gaining admission!
With an hour left it's time to do a run of the whole piece. The songs, the solos, the improvisations, the free pieces. Starting from the audience breathing. Go! Forty-five minutes later we've all heard it for the first time. Beth & Chris have to leave immediately. I forget to get a photo of all of us. I give a few notes. Everyone else leaves. Shaun last before me. We have most to strike.
I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance realise the ideas and sounds in my head and to have find musicians to help me. It is such a satisfying feeling to bring people together in this way. In 2 weeks we'll all gather again with the the audience and the organisers. We'll play and listen. Finally all of us in the same room.